Learner's definition of RELATE
to show or make a connection between (two or more things)
— often + to
to understand and like or have sympathy for someone or something
— usually + to
I can relate to your feelings.
I've never been able to relate to him very well.
The audience needs to be able to relate to the characters in the story.
He writes songs that people can really relate to.
to tell (something, such as a story)
— used to describe how people talk to, behave toward, and deal with each other
— usually + to or with
relate to (someone or something)
to be connected with (someone or something)
to be about (someone or something)
The readings relate to the class discussions.
Their grudge relates back to a misunderstanding that took place years ago.
other information relating to his performance
— often used as (be) related to
see also relate 1, 2, 4 (above)